Aur Resources

Viernes, Noviembre 12, 2010

Google map: Canadian Lakes, Streams and Wetlands at RiskThese natural lakes and streams have been or are at risk of being "re-classified" as waste dumps for the mining industry. This is possible to thanks to Schedule 2 of the Fisheries Act's Metal Mining Effluent Regulations which was added in 2002. The first listings were used to 'grandfather' ongoing operations, but since 2006 it has been used to condemn pristine lakes and streams.

Colour code: yellow markers are original listings from 2002, purple are lakes that have been listed since 2002, red are in the process of being listed and blue were at risk but have been saved by citizen action and environmental reviews.

Viernes, Junio 5, 2009

Teck Cominco acquired Aur Resources Inc. in August 2007. Teck Cominco changed its name to Teck Resources Ltd. in April 2009. Company web site:

Aur Resources
Viernes, Noviembre 28, 2008

An emerging coalition of conservation, Aboriginal, and social justice organizations is calling on the federal government to immediately stop the practice of allowing mining companies to use Canada’s lakes as dumping grounds for toxic mine wastes.

Jueves, Noviembre 9, 2006

Ottawa – NDP Fisheries and Oceans Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) today called on Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn to disallow mining companies the use of lakes as dump sites for toxic mining waste.

Martes, Octubre 24, 2006

Ottawa - On October 18, 2006, two lakes in Newfoundland that are habitat to trout, Atlantic salmon, otter, and other species, received a death sentence as the newly amended Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER) went into law.

Miércoles, Julio 19, 2006

The amended Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMERs) have been published in the Canada Gazette Part One, and the public comment period has closed. They will become final when published in the Canada Gazette Part Two.

One of the amendments to the MMERs adds two lakes in Newfoundland to Schedule 2, which redefines them as mine waste dumps (for environmentally toxic tailings). Both lakes currently provide habitat for trout and Atlantic salmon as well as otter and other species.

Domingo, Junio 4, 2006

Aur Resources plans to destroy two trout and salmon-bearing lakes in central Newfoundland by using them for the disposal of environmentally toxic mine waste. Environment Canada has recommended adding these two ponds to Schedule 2 of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER), effectively redefining natural water bodies as mine waste dumps. This document provides facts from the public record that demonstrate why the two ponds should not be added to Schedule 2.

Domingo, Mayo 7, 2006

Comments prepared by Catherine Coumans as representative for the Canadian Environmental Network (CEN) on the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations Multistakeholder Advisory Group, together with Maggie Paquet (Citizens’ Stewardship Coalition, Port Alberni, BC), Judy Parkman (Recycling Organization Against Rubbish, Richmond, BC) and Randy Fleming (Inter-Church Uranium Committee, Saskatoon, SK). “The current regulations and the proposed regulatory amendments do not adequately protect the environment and the health of Canadians.

Jueves, Abril 27, 2006

A proposal to amend the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations has been posted to the Canada Gazette. The proposal will change two fish-bearing water bodies in Newfoundland — at the headwaters of the Exploits River — into permanent tailings impoundments to service Aur Resources’ Duck Pond Mine. The mine will only last seven years.

Alternatives to using the lakes for tailings disposal were never properly evaluated, and the plan to compensate for the destruction of fish habitat is inadequate.

Martes, Abril 18, 2006

The Fisheries Act is very clear that deleterious substances not be discharged into fish bearing waters or that fish habitat be destroyed. Weakening the Fisheries Act has the potential danger that economic considerations would influence political decisions to over ride scientific and environmental considerations, with ‘compensation’ as a public relations strategy, ineffective in practice, as we saw in the Star Lake project (Gibson et al. 1999). If DFO allows the Trout Pond ecosystem to be destroyed it would effect a giant step backwards, and in general would weaken public confidence in the ability of Canadian government departments to enforce the Fisheries Act and conserve our national resources.